National Football League announces four-game suspension for Vontaze Burfict

National Football League announces four-game suspension for Vontaze Burfict

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has lost his appeal and will begin the 2018 season serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy, according to an NFL statement.

Burfict also was ejected last season during a game at Tennessee for contact with an official, drawing a fine but no suspension for that infraction. The appeal was denied.

BC-FBN-Bengals-Burfict Suspended, 1st Ld-Writethru, 370 National Football League rejects Burfict's appeal, upholds 4-game suspensionAP Photo NY173Eds: Updates with detail. Burfict sat out the first three games last season for an egregious hit during a preseason game.

It was reported in March that the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker was facing the suspension for a failed test on December 27 of past year.

This will be the third consecutive season in which Burfict is ineligible for a season opener because of a suspension. He appealed that suspension, which was reduced from five games.

Burfict was also suspended the first three games of the 2016 season for numerous violations of player safety rules, including an illegal hit on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown during the 2015 playoffs.

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